The 2014 Festival

Our 25th Festival was a great success musically and we did a bit better than break even. There were some amazing sessions in every venue and we’ve had lots of emails and letters saying how much people enjoyed the music and the whole ambience of the festival and Swanage. Quite a few people now seem to be making the Festival the centre of a longer holiday in Purbeck.

The Festival Board has decided that there will be 26th Festival, to be held from Friday 10th July to Sunday 12th July 2015. This has to be agreed at our AGM in early September, but it’s not likely that the rest of the members, most of whom were stewards and enjoyed the festival, will disagree. We will announce the full programme towards the end of January and tickets will be available from the beginning of February as usual.

Fred Lindop

Artistic Director

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Art Themen’s Trio Playing the Music of Sonny Rollins

Art Themen is a great saxophonist who is probably the best exponent of Sonny Rollins music in the UK.  His trio features two excellent musicians,  Arne Somogyi on bass and Dave Barry on drums.

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Troyka withdrawn (Saturday 4.45-6.05pm Methodist Church)

I had a phone call last night (Monday)  from Troyka’s agent, telling me that he had made a mistake in the booking and, though we had a contract and a copy of the programme showing the band playing on Saturday afternoon,  he had scheduled the band to appear at the Festival on Sunday  He was profusely apologetic, but explained: “Kit [Downes] has a show in London with an incompatible set time and I’ve looked into getting him out of the engagement but there is no one at all that could be brought in to replace him for such an ensemble. Even if that was possible to rearrange Kit’s gig, Chris [Montagu] also has another gig in a different part of the country which would have to be cancelled in order to make things work. In short it’s not possible at all for them to make the Saturday gig”. We looked at the possibility of rescheduling the band for Sunday, but that proved impossible. I had an email from Kittoday: “I’m very sorry to hear today about Ben Buckley’s (Air booking) mistake about our Troyka gig on Sunday. We are really disappointed not to be coming to play this year, and were really looking forward to it”.

I am urgently looking for a suitable band to fill the slot and will make an announcement as soon as possible.

Fred Lindop, artistic director

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Melissa – Vocals

Martin – Guitar (Acoustic/Electric)

Steve – Bass Guitar

Graham – Piano/Keyboard

We play a variety of music, all in an easy listening style.

Our jazz tends to be classic ‘jazz’ tunes, played in a mixture of ‘Hot Club’, ‘Swing’ and ‘Latin’ styles, with some ‘left field’ items thrown in… such as swing versions of Thin Lizzy, T Rex, Beatles etc…..

We are well suited to an audience with a wide taste of music so that we can mix our jazz with some classic pop and items from our latest excursion into stage musicals….

We’ve struggled to find a definition of jazz and have realised that it means different things to different people, so we try to match our performance to our audience.

This will be our 3rd year of ‘busking’ around the fringe at Swanage Jazz Festival and we love every minute.

You can check us out at

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Graham Ruff (testimonial)

Thanks for a great festival. It was our first but not our last.

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Gordon Bartlett (testimonial)

A wonderful festival once again. Many, many thanks to all those behind the scenes who must have worked so hard. The efforts to get young musicians involved are reaping rewards (Amy Roberts is an absolute gem). The Blue Devils concert on Saturday night was worth every penny of the total weekend stroller ticket!!!

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Jane Hart (testimonial)

I’m emailing you to say how much we enjoyed Keith Nichols and the Blue Devils. Although we have seen them in previous years, they put on a fabulous show. We also loved Charlotte Glasson. The Festival was wonderful this year (as it is every year). As a ‘youngster’ at 51, I would like to thank you for putting on such an amazing event, and am already looking forward to next year.

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Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces

Bob Dwyer (tr) Matt Emmons (t, g, harm) Duncan Hemstock (reeds) Hugh Crozier (p) Nick Singer (bjo, g) John Bayne (b, bss) Laurie Chescoe (d)

The great Bix Beiderbecke is the inspiration behind Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces.

The band bases its music on classic forms of jazz but also features other musical styles such as Rhythm & Blues, spirituals and gospel songs, and evocative tunes from the golden era of song writing (1900 – 1960). Unusually, the band presents many of the largely ignored verses from popular music of the ‘golden age’, including songs by Cole Porter, Irving Berlin and Walter Donaldson.

Our versatile band is well known on the British Jazz Club circuit, particularly in the greater London area where we are largely based.

Bob Dwyer has been fronting bands for over 30 years, the last five years with Bix & Pieces. Bob’s musical idols include: Bix Beiderbecke, Louis Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton and King Oliver.

Max Emmons – Trumpet, likes to double on harmonica and enjoys jazz and blues singing, which is, featured in our Rhythm & Blues numbers.

Bernie Holden – Clarinet and alto sax is a popular, very lyrical player with great style and a beautiful tone.

Hugh Crozier – Piano, is one of the finest stride pianists in Europe with a wide knowledge and ability in early jazz, ragtime and the tin-pan alley repertoire. Hugh’s vocal contributions lead many of our best numbers.

Nick Singer – Banjo and guitar. Nick also contributes powerful vocals covering jazz standards and spirituals.

John Bayne – String bass and bass saxophone, is a highly experienced professional musician. His bass sax provides the flavour to our range of Bix favourites.

Laurie Chescoe – Drums. Universally referred to as The Livin’ Legend. He’s been everywhere…man.

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Stephanie Trick

“One of the nicest gifts to arrive on the jazz piano scene in recent times, and we couldn’t be more delighted to welcome her.”
— Dick Hyman

Stephanie Trick

Stephanie Trick

Stephanie Trick “has come to practically dominate the stride piano field,” notes reviewer Jack Rummel. Harlem stride piano, which developed in the 1920s and ’30s, is an orchestral style of two-handed piano playing that not only swings, but is also technically demanding and exciting to watch. Louis Mazetier, a respected interpreter of this genre, writes in the Bulletin of the Hot Club of France that she has “won the esteem of specialists in the genre with wonderful interpretations of stride classics, James P. Johnson, Fats Waller, and Don Lambert (which she learned by ear). She plays these pieces with a punch that is matched by her precise interpretation.”

A classically trained pianist, Stephanie began playing piano at the age of five. During the time between her beginning years and high school, her piano teacher exposed her to early jazz, and the syncopation and swinging rhythm piqued her interest. While in college, it became clear to Stephanie that she wanted to pursue stride and classic jazz styles professionally.

With a swinging approach that includes boogie woogie and blues from the late ’20s era plus Fats Waller and Ralph Sutton, Stephanie was the 2012 recipient of the prestigious Kobe-Breda Jazz Friendship Award, and has performed in many parts of the United States as well as in Europe in a variety of venues, including the Teatro Dal Verme in Milan, Italy, the Breda Jazz Festival in the Netherlands, the Arbors Records Invitational Jazz Party, the Sacramento Music Festival, the Cincy Blues Fest in Cincinnati, and the West Coast Ragtime Festival in Sacramento, California. In 2008 and again in 2010, she was invited to perform at the international Stride and Swing Summit in Boswil, Switzerland.

A serious student, passionate about traditional jazz and stride heritage, she has studied under a number of celebrated musicians, including Louis Mazetier, Rossano Sportiello, Carl Sonny Leyland, and Danny Coots. Graduating from college with a Bachelor of Arts in Music, she was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa academic honor society at the University of Chicago.

Stephanie is also working on a program featuring the music of James P. Johnson and other stride piano composers, set to words and sung by Grammy-nominated lyricist and vocalist Lorraine Feather (see Another project she enjoys working on is a four-hands piano duo with Paolo Alderighi, in which they create fresh arrangements of songs from the Swing Era (see

Stephanie’s November 2012 release, Fourteen, is the result of her collaboration with Feather. In March 2012, she recorded an album with Paolo Alderighi, entitled Two for One, comprised of original and fresh arrangements of songs from the Swing Era, along with some ragtime and blues, played in four hands. Something More, recorded on the Victoria Records label in March 2011, features her work with a trio. Stephanie Trick LIVE was recorded in May 2010 and awarded the “New Talent Prize 2011” by the Hot Club of France. A video version of the Sheldon concert with bonus material was released on DVD in June 2011. Her 2008 CD, Hear That Rhythm!, has an emphasis on the stride works of Waller, Johnson, and Smith. Ragtime Tricks features the works of Joplin and other classic ragtime composers, with some embellishments. Piano Tricks, her debut 2005 solo album, is a combination of stride, ragtime, jazz, and classical selections.

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John Wurr

John is a multi-instrument playing reeds player whose interests and stylistic range run from New Orleans to the mainstream of small-group Basie, Ellington and Buck. He has played at many festivals since the first, when he played with Campbell Burnap in groups led by Chris Blount and Dave Brennan, as well leading his own mainstream band. At this festival, he leads a trad jazz super group of Richard Leach, Gary Wood, Mike Denham, Malcolm Smith and Pete Maxfield.

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